"The music flows through the earphones into you. These vibrations bring a shiver to your spine as you are engrossed by the sound. The lyrics bring a swell to your chest as you are inspired by their content. As the song winds to a close your eye darts to the clock at the bottom of your screen. It has been hours since you began. Where has the time gone?"

In this section, you will find review and analysis of cyberpunk music that is inspired, influenced, or overlaps with the genre.

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The average cyberpunk fan has probably seen both the original Ghost in the Shell anime and its sequel Innocence; if feeling generous, they may have also checked out the 2002 TV anime, Stand Alone Complex. Music wise, they’d be familiar with the haunting chorals employed by Kenji Kawai in both the original film and Innocence. […]

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With the forthcoming release of Ghost in the Shell (2017) at the end of March, I’ve been preparing myself. I’ve rewatched the 1995 anime. I’ve listened to the soundtrack. I’ve held back from binging on Stand Alone Complex. I’ve suffered through the Steve Aoki remix of Reawakening. Today, in my capacity as Neon Dystopia’s go-to […]

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No preamble this month. You came here for the music, and there’s going to be a lot of it. Cyberpunk Community Soundtrack – Volume 6 “It’s a world where you’re judged by what you say and think. Not by what you look like.” The Cyberpunk Community Soundtrack is now in its sixth consecutive year and […]

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A fan of awesome mid-80’s/90’s science fiction? Techy-savvy enough to own a VR headset (cheap cardboard’s fine if that’s your thing!)? If so, jack into the net and follow me through the ephemeral wiring, it’s time to watch ESCAPE CODE. Developed by Josh Hassin, Director/Animator of San Diego studio, Look Mister, his latest film is, […]

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There’s no-one but you and the rats in the alleyway. There’s no camera watching the fire door that’s covered in the same sheen of soot as the rest of the brickwork, and more importantly no camera covering the dumpster. The padlock put up a decent struggle, but not enough to stand up to your vintage […]

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Angst is the new single from Damage. This is Damage’s first new single through his new label, Two Gods from the UK. The song, Angst, is a heartfelt expression of the angst one feels when they realize that they are losing a part of themselves, or failing to achieve their dreams. A common feeling for […]

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As is the norm these days, the recent trailer for the upcoming live action take on Ghost in the Shell garnered both the usual round of cautious optimism and outright distaste. Put me in the camp of the former; I’m a sucker for anything where Scarlett Johansson plays something less than human. But while I’m happy […]

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There’s no ceremony when unix time clicks over to 1483228801. Welcome to 2017. Please applaud. Fortunately where a change in date and time has failed to deliver a cause for celebration music can be played to fill the void; January’s cyberpunk music dossier has you covered. Stilz – Starcrash You know Stilz; you know him […]

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It’s December, but you wouldn’t know it by the light of the screen. Instead you’re indoors with a UV lamp and a dying monitor trying to coax out the words on your screen: Cyberpunk Music Dossier, December 2016. Master Boot Record – Flashback Master Boot Record is a word sequence close to my own heart. […]

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